“To be ‘lost’ is to be left to the arbitrariness and pretenses of the
contingent ego, the smoke-self that must inevitable vanish. To be
‘saved’ is to return to one’s inviolate and eternal reality and to live
in God.”

 

-Thomas Merton

 

He-Who-Is is ineffable. No principle knew him, no authority, no subjection,

nor any creature from the foundation of the world, except he alone.

For he is immortal and eternal, having no birth; for everyone who has birth will perish.

He is unbegotten, having no beginning; for everyone who has a beginning has an end.

No one rules over him. He has no name; for whoever has a name is the creation of another.

He is unnameable. He has no human form; for whoever has human form is the creation of another.

He has his own semblance – not like the semblance we have received and seen,

but a strange semblance that surpasses all things and is better than the totalities.

It looks to every side and sees itself from itself. He is infinite; he is incomprehensible.

He is ever imperishable (and) has no likeness (to anything). He is unchanging good.

He is faultless. He is everlasting. He is blessed. He is unknowable, while he (nonetheless) knows himself.

He is immeasurable. He is untraceable. He is perfect, having no defect. He is imperishably blessed.

He is called ‘Father of the Universe’.

Eugnostos the Blessed

A cup of milk was offered to me, and I drank it in the sweetness of the Lord’s kindness.

The Son is the cup, and the Father is He who was milked; and the Holy Spirit is She who milked Him;

Because His breasts were full, and it was undesirable that His milk should be ineffectually released.

The Holy Spirit opened Her bosom, and mixed the milk of the two breasts of the Father.

Then She gave the mixture to the generation without their knowing, and those

who have received it are in the perfection of the right hand.

The womb of the Virgin took it, and she received conception and gave birth.

So the Virgin became a mother with great mercies.

And she labored and bore the Son but without pain, because it did not occur without purpose.

And she did not require a midwife, because He caused her to give life.

She brought forth like a strong man with desire, and she bore according to the

manifestation, and she acquired according to the Great Power.

And she loved with redemption, and guarded with kindness, and declared with grandeur.
Hallelujah.

–Odes of Solomon (19)

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